tall oil

noun
\ ˈtäl- How to pronounce tall oil (audio) , ˈtȯl- \

Definition of tall oil

: a resinous by-product from the manufacture of chemical wood pulp used especially in making soaps, coatings, and oils

Examples of tall oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Risdon likes the look of the cement CB2 Mayon tall oil lamp ($49.95-$79.95) to illuminate an outdoor space. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of tall oil

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tall oil

partial translation of German Tallöl, partial translation of Swedish tallolja, from tall pine + olja oil

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The first known use of tall oil was in 1909

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“Tall oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tall%20oil. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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